The Bannerman Island Gallery presents the Fine Art of Watercolor exhibition concentrating on a traditional and beautiful medium.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island GalleryBEACON – Bannerman Island Gallery presents The Fine Art of Watercolor Exhibition on Saturday, Apr. 8 – Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017. The opening reception will be taken place on Saturday, Apr. 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Bannerman Island Gallery located at 150 Main Street in Beacon, New York presents “The Fine Art of Watercolor” a new exhibition concentrating on this traditional and beautiful medium. The exhibition features the work of five professional Hudson Valley Watercolorists; Timothy Delaney of Beacon, Claudia Engel of Port Ewen, Amanda Epstein of Putnam Valley, Susan Hennelly of Dover Plains, and Betsy Jacaruso of Rhinebeck. Each artist has a very different approach and style, showing the wonderful versatility of the Watercolor medium. All of the artists are professional painters and instructors – each one being greatly influenced by the beauty of Hudson Valley region in very different ways.

The exhibition opens on April 8 and runs through Apr. 30. An opening reception for the artists and public will take place on Saturday, April 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition are Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and most weekday afternoons by chance or appointment by calling 845-416-8342.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island Gallery

Nesting by Timothy Delaney

Timothy Delaney of Beacon, describes his paintings as a visual diary of his years in Beacon. Virtually all of Tim’s work is done outdoors. He states “Beacon and the Hudson Valley are a constant source of stimulation and ideas, and I find inspiration in odd corners as well as stunning landscapes.” Tim worked in the advertising business for about 30 years and is now happily semi-retired, concentrating on his painting.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island Gallery

Brooklyn Bridge Picnic by Claudia Engel

Claudia Engel of Port Ewen, has been drawing and painting since childhood – originally growing up in Vermont. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and now resides in a home that overlooks the Hudson River. Past years spent as a graphic designer contributed to her great sense of composition. Her passions are landscapes, seascapes and botanicals.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island Gallery

Looking South from Breakneck by Amanda Epstein

Amanda Epstein of Putnam Valley, is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. She has also attended the National Academy of Design, School of Visual Arts and Art Students League of New York. Amanda is an award winning member of The Salmagundi Club and a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society. Her watercolors are part of numerous private and corporate collections. Amanda exhibits in and around the New York City area including the Hudson Valley – where she resides.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island Gallery

June by Susan Hennelly

Susan Hennelly of Dover Plains, received her BFA and BS in Education from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a painter, designer and teacher. Her work was included in “A Golden Anniversary: 50 years of Mid-Hudson Artists” at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center. In 2015 she received 1st prize at the FROGS Anniversary show and honorable mention at Sharon Historical Society’s “What’s the big Idea?” Susan was awarded several one-person exhibitions – and her work is included in collections throughout the USA.

Fine Art of Watercolor at Bannerman Island Gallery

Morning Light by Besty Jacaruso

Betsy Jacaruso, a native of Rhinebeck, received her BFA with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, NY. Betsy’s current work explores atmosphere and luminosity in landscape. Her work has been featured in both regional and international exhibitions and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She received the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award in 2005, and also co-chaired the Red Hook Community Arts Network from 2010-2012. Her work is on display at her Gallery & Studio in The Courtyard in Rhinebeck, NY – where she is also a gifted instructor, teaching drawing and painting techniques at her studio.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. for the preservation of Bannerman Island. For more information on this exhibition or other BCT events and programming, please visit www.bannermancastle.org.



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